I’m not saying that NFL players who abuse women is much to do about nothing. It isn’t. What these players did is inexcusable, but domestic violence among NFL players is not an epidemic – not by a long shot – when comes to the broader population. Even so, there is no excuse for men, the size of, well, football players, to assault any person, especially a woman.
Given what we read in the media, one would think that nearly all NFL players are involved in assaulting women. The statistics do not support the impression given by the media. But because sports figures are public figures, it makes what they do seem so much bigger in proportion.
Last week, Nancy Armour wrote in USA Today regarding the NFL’s Breast Cancer awareness campaign that “Promoting breast cancer awareness is a noble and worthy cause, no question. By painting itself pink for the next four weeks, however, the NFL gets to pretend it cares oh so greatly about women while ignoring yet another opportunity to educate and inform about domestic violence.”
I guess Nancy is the nation’s authority and judge and jury regarding the motivation of the NFL. If Nancy had checked her paper’s own database, maybe she wouldn’t appear so utterly stupid.
It took FiveThirtyEight’s Benjamin Morris to run the actual numbers taken from USA Today’s NFL arrests database. He found that the rate of domestic violence incidents among NFL players was only about half that of the general population and the overall crime rate was only 13% of the national average.
Still, we know, as the NOW gang has always preached, deep down, men are all predators, despite what the stats say.
But what of the “real” predators – women. Yes, women.
What the stats surely don’t reveal is the War-On-Men, in particular, young men. Nowhere will we see PSAs regarding female “predators.”
I see them on a regular basis. Literally not a day goes by where I don’t read that some 20- or 30-something female school teacher has lured a teenage (or younger) male student into having sex with her. From what I’ve seen, this is the real epidemic.
Just this week there was a report from a Catholic High School in Minnesota where a 28-year-old female teacher got pregnant by her 17-year-old student lover.
Last week it was reported that two female teachers in Louisiana lured a 16-year-old male student into a “threesome.”
I could go on for page after page of incidences of abuse by teachers – all female and most in their 20s or 30s. In fact, WorldNetDaily (WND) did just that back in August, entitled “The big list: Female teachers with students.”
The list contains 13 full pages of predatory female teachers luring male children as young as 11 into sex. YES – 11 years old!
Where’s the damn ribbon for these kids? Where are the PSAs? Where are the celebrity spokespeople speaking out against these abusers?!
Now, I know what some will say. Yeah, that’s the ultimate fantasy for a teenage boy – to have sex with an attractive young teacher. Where’s the harm in that? It would probably be celebrated in the high school boys’ locker room.
Maybe so, but it doesn’t make it any more acceptable or right. And what of the 14, 13, 12, 11 year-old-kids? Think they won’t be affected? Think it won’t screw them up, just a bit?
Imagine if WND published an eternally long list of male teachers luring 11-year-old girls for sex? Think there might be more of an outcry? Darn right there would!
How about we stop worrying so much about the NFL and a few isolated (but horrid) incidences and concentrate more on the evident degradation of the rest of our society.
Oh, that’s right – I forgot. There’s no money and notoriety in the support of our young men.
And how can a future predator ever possibly be the prey?